ESRC Collaborative Studentship: Legislative Change to the Private Rented Sector: A natural experiment between Scotland & England


Available to study a PhD in the School of Social & Political Sciences in the College of Social Sciences under the supervision Professor Ken Gibb (Urban Studies, School of Social & Political Sciences).

For full details, please see ESRC Collaborative Studentship .


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A good first degree* (at least 2:1), preferably with a social science component
  • Demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of, smart cities, urban governance, and policy analysis.
  • Have a good grounding in social science research methods, and contemporary urban governance issues.
  • For a +3 award (see below), applicants must additionally have: a) A Master’s degree at merit or distinction level* with a substantial component allied to urban studies, public policy or related areas; and b) Substantial research methods training (equivalent of 60 credits) at Master’s level

* If degree results are not known at the time of application, we can take the application forward based upon grades achieved on the degree so far. Results will need to be confirmed prior to commencing the programme.

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*:

Eligible Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Wales

Eligible Programmes


The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training. This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process. The programme will commence in October 2019. It includes:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2018/19 rate £14,777 full-time)
  • fees at the standard Home rate
  • students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year

How to apply

Collate all documents and upload to GradHub: . Please see Student funding opportunities for Postgraduate Research  for more details.  


30 June 2019

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